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SAN DIEGO – Andrew Briskin, an entrepreneur with ties to San Diego, died Monday after battling an illness, according to a post by his friend, pop singer Debby Holiday. He was 44 years old.
The cause of death is unclear at this time, but it is believed to be a result of that illness, which friends say he had been struggling with for some time.
Briskin was a partner in his latest business venture, MyOwnConcierge. He lived in Puerto Vallarta, a resort city in Jalisco, Mexico, with his partner Logan Miller.
According to Briskin’s Facebook page, he had been a partner in his previous company, GoGayPuertoVallarta.com, from June 2010 to present. Both companies provide services for travelers seeking assistance with their travel arrangements.
Briskin had strong ties to the San Diego community, producing events for the local nightlife scene. His death shocked locals who knew him.
Johnathan Hale, publisher of San Diego Gay & Lesbian News and SDPIX Magazine, said that Briskin was a good friend and that he is saddened by his passing.
“Andrew and I worked together on a lot of events and we always had a great time,” Hale said. “I will miss him and am very sad to hear of his death.”
Others also shared tributes to Briskin on Facebook:
Chris Braga, owner of Spin Nightclub: Godspeed kiddo!!! from all of us down here at Spin San Diego you will be missed.
Rik Jammer: This is just devastating news.Yet another has left us too soon. Rest in peace, my friend.
Chris Hutchinson: RIP Andrew. You'll be missed. So many good memories.. XOXO
Rainearii Corail Rota: Heart of gold, friendly, ethical and committed ... I will miss you my dear friend.
David Perry: Rest in peace Andrew!! we all have missed you since you left west hollywood!! You were a great and fun friend!! RIP!
Briskin worked closely with Holiday, serving as her manager, helping her reach the fame that she has achieved today.
“For anyone who has ever danced, laughed or sung along to any of my dance music, [Briskin] is the man you have to thank. He started it all by sending my rock/soul version of 'Dive' along to Chris Cox in 2004,” Holiday posted. “He taught me so much about marketing. We traveled together all over this country and danced in every club he booked me in. (Drew's special 'Drew dance' could not be beat)! The list of truly amazing people I know, work with and love -- that Drew introduced me to - is staggering.”
Holiday said so many people have been brought together because of Briskin’s spirit and love for music.
“I have more [photos] of pure joy hanging out with this man than with anyone else because what he shared the most with me was friendship. Real friendship. He always and I mean ALWAYS had my back. He stood up for what he believed in. He loved fiercely and worked his tail off to create magic. I'm having trouble accepting this today because well ... I want him here -- with us -- But, I am so grateful I knew this man,” wrote Holiday.
SDGLN will report additional information on Briskin’s passing when it becomes available, including information on any planned services or celebrations of life.
Top left photo: Andrew Briskin with his partner Logan Miller.
Bottom left photo: Andrew Briskin with Debby Holiday.